Employment Manuals: Why do we need one?

Each employer will need to decide whether to have an employment handbook or manual, sometimes known as a human resources policies and procedures manual. There are substantial advantages to utilizing an employment manual. There are also substantial risks when relying upon an improper employment manual.

Differing state laws, business types, number and type of employees, among other factors, will significantly alter your risks and your employment manual.

A properly written employment manual becomes necessary as the number of employees increases. From the listing found at the end hereof, very significant employee rights and employer liabilities begin at 15 employees, at which point the Federal Civil Rights Act becomes applicable.

California laws are often more liberal than federal laws and may commence with even fewer employees, such as the Fair Employment and Housing Act, which kicks in at 5 employees.  You may find an employment manual helpful beginning at 5 employees in California.

Employment manuals actually may perform many functions, including to:

When your business reaches the following number of employees in the State of California, the following legal requirements and more arise, necessitating greater knowledge, sophistication, training, policies, procedures, and forms:  

These laws may change, sometimes faster than this website.  Consult us or another attorney for up-to-date advice.

One Employee:

Five Employees:

Fifteen Employees:

Twenty Employees:

Twenty-Five Employees:

Fifty Employees:

Seventy-Five Employees:

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The present firm arose from Bruce's move from the Los Angeles area to Dana Point, where he and his wife wanted to live since they first  discovered it. 

Bruce comes from the Senior Counsel position in a large world class international technology, engineering and construction corporation with thousands of employees, hundreds of large clients, world class projects, hundreds of affiliates, and complex transactions and litigation.  Before that, he gained significant major law firm experience, including arguments before state appellate and supreme courts.

His desire in moving to Dana Point was and still is to bring his world class experience to smaller and emerging businesses in the area.  This experience produces more valuable legal and business judgment from him than is available from newer attorneys or attorneys whose practices are more specialized and localized.  His extensive Resume is here Résumé.

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